originally aired from 10:46 pm cairo, egypt time thursday 10 february 2011 includes some commentary after the speech from beirut by international lawyer franklin lamb. ==== Mubarak's speech enrages Egyptians
Thu Feb 10, 2011 8:52PM
Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, in a TV address, has said that he does not plan to step down, angering pro-democracy protesters in the country who had urged his immediate resignation.
Mubarak stated that he will never leave Egypt in the face of 17 tumultuous days of public protests, provoking outbursts of anger from protesters at Cairo's' Liberation square, who prior to the speech had created dramatic scenes of jubilation as they expected Mubarak to declare his resignation, a Press TV correspondent reported.
The embattled president once again asserted that he will not stand as candidate for the upcoming elections, and that he was transferring some powers to Vice President Omar Suleiman.
He further acknowledged that his government had made mistakes and expressed sorrow for those killed in the demonstrations.
The protesters took off their shoes and brandished them at the screen on which they had seen Mubarak's speech, and shouted "Down with Mubarak, leave, leave!"
Others called for an immediate general strike and called on army -- which has deployed large numbers of troops around the square -- to support the Egyptian nation, instead of Mubarak's "illegitimate regime."
"Egyptian army, the choice is now, the regime or the people," the protesters said.
Reports say more than 300 people have been killed by security forces and thousands injured since the beginning of the revolution on January 25.